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Oleg

Directed by
Juris Jursietis

Status . Completed

Country . Latvia, Belgium, Lithuania, France

Original Title . Oleg

Year . 2019

Language . English with some Russian, Polish, Latvian, French & Flemish

French Release . Arizona Distribution
(October 30, 2019)

Genre . Drama

Runtime . 108

VACANT POSITION IN BELGIUM.
SLAVE.

Belgium, today. Oleg is a young Latvian butcher. He arrives in Brussels in the hope of getting a better salary in a meat factory. His experience turns short after being betrayed by a colleague. Alone in a country where he doesn’t belong, he quickly falls under the yoke of Andrzej, a Polish criminal.

DIRECTOR

Juris Kursietis (director/writer) started his career at the age of 20, when he worked for the Latvian Television news department as foreign news correspondent.

At that point he was also taking his first steps in longer feature stories or mini-documentaries. In the 15 minute slots that went on prime time TV, he developed and directed from character stories to journalistic investigations.

After 6 years in television he turned to cinema. He went to the UK to do his masters in film directing at the Northern Media School. At the same time in 2007 and 2008 he worked as 1st assistant director on several feature films in Latvia and directed THE BICYCLE STORY (2007).

He graduated his film school with distinction and his graduation mid length film RIT BUS (WILL HAVE IT TOMORROW) received attention in the UK and Latvia.


In 2008 he joined Red Dot Media, where since he has directed numerous TV commercials, directed full length documentaries, worked as a scriptwriter for feature films and shot his debut feature film MODRIS. The film was given Special Mention in San Sebastian FF and the Best Director award in Tbilisi IFF.


His latest film OLEG (2019) had its world premiere at Directors' Fortnight.

CAST & CREW

CAST

Valentin Novopolskij

Dawid Ogrodnik

(European Shooting Star 2019)

Anna Prochniak

(The Innocent)



PRODUCERS

Tasse Film

(Dogs Don’t Wear Pants)

Iota Productions

(Our Struggles, Keeper)

In Script (Miracle)

Arizona Productions

(The Gentle Indifference of

the World, Aga, My Happy Family)


DOP

Bogumil Godfrejow


EDITOR

Matyas Veress


PRODUCTION DESIGNER

Laura Dislere


SOUND

Vytis Puronas

FESTIVALS AND AWARDS

CANNES DIRECTORS FORTNIGHT

KARLOVY VARY IFF

INDIE BO

MOTOVUN IFF

HELSINKI IFF

BUSAN IFF

KAOHSIUNG IFF

HAIFA IFF

CHICAGO IFF

SAO PAULO IFF

TOFIFEST IFF

LEED IFF

CORK IFF

SEVILLE EUROPEAN FF

TALLINN BLACK NIGHTS

IFFI GOA

CINERGIA FF

PALM SPRINGS IFF

TRIESTE FF

BARCELONA D'A

SHANGHAI IFF

“A timely and impressive second feature. The screenplay is
a particular strong point.”

“A sharp, scorching, surprisingly
raucous social thriller (...), “Oleg”
would be politically essential
even if it weren’t so cinematically
exciting.”

“Thanks to welcome flecks of
comic relief, Oleg is consistently
watchable as well as illuminating
about an emerging social problem."